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We understand the needs of middle market private equity portfolio companies


Relationship, collaboration, trust…passion with deep
expertise delivering to your specific needs

Building great businesses takes great people.



Harvest CFO is The Premier national executive recruiting firm with a sole focus of delivering the right permanent and interim CFOs for private equity (PE) portfolio companies. We bring deep subject matter and broad industry expertise, an extensive network of successful PE portfolio company (Portco) CFOs, a “best in class” end-to-end highly efficient executive recruiting process and a relationship centric business and economic model that delivers success and high value creation. We are a trusted advisor to our clients and have built a reputation for integrity, reliability and trustworthiness by consistently doing what we say we do.

We bring a partnership mentality and culture to every recruiting engagement, every step of the way. This means we make it a priority get to know all parties we work with, gain an understanding of the company, its culture and goals for the business. We emphasize the importance as to fit with company culture and chemistry with the executive team and PE firm. Our passion for bringing great people to great opportunities is evident in how we approach every aspect of what we do.

Don Hillier

Managing Director and CEO

Don has more than 30 years’ experience as a successful and highly experienced CFO, Director of International Operations, CPA and entrepreneur. Through Harvest CFO, Don brings a very unique blend of his own insights as a highly skilled CFO and a seasoned entrepreneur. He combines these skills with business vision, a continuous focus on improvement and a passion to bring great people to great opportunities. Don leads the Harvest CFO team and is part of the Harvest recruiting team for each client engagement.

Don’s career includes management positions with “Big 4” accounting firms, CFO and Director of International Operations for an international technology company and extensive consulting roles for middle market and international publicly traded companies for significant M&A transactions and extended interim CFO roles for middle market and publicly traded companies.

Don is a 30-year CPA (inactive) and also obtained his MBA in corporate finance and international business from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Laura Ruggiero

Director

Laura leads Harvest CFO recruiting teams providing hands-on management of recruiting engagements as well as setting sourcing strategy, interviewing prospects, performing candidate due diligence and client reporting and communication. Laura’s 30-year career includes successful experience in “Big 4” public accounting and successful CFO, Controller and consulting roles for entrepreneurial, franchise, and Fortune 500 international organizations specializing in technology, consulting, media, and manufacturing. She was a key executive team member that grew a startup technology firm to over $40MM annual revenues in three years leading to a successful exit. She was also a key management team member that grew a division of a “Big 4” firm from $60MM to over $200MM over a three-year period. Laura’s experience and expertise as a CFO and financial leader results in immediate credibility with PE firms, portco executive teams and our candidates.

Lisa Kieres

Director

Lisa leads Harvest CFO recruiting teams providing hands-on management of recruiting engagements as well as setting sourcing strategy, interviewing prospects, performing candidate due diligence and client reporting and communication. Lisa’s 30-year career includes successful experience in “Big 4” consulting,  and successful CFO and consulting roles for global PE portfolio, emerging, middle market and publicly traded companies. She was a finalist for Chicago CFO of the year (FEI) in 2013, is an Accounting graduate of Notre Dame and has a Finance MBA from the University of Chicago.  Lisa’s experience and expertise as a CFO and financial leader results in immediate credibility with PE firms, portco executive teams and our candidates.

The Harvest CFO engagement team is supported by our research and project administration staff. Our team consists of highly skilled, experienced professionals who share a passion for delivering the right financial leaders to PE portfolio companies.

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